Funding announcements

26 September 2019: Application window for second 2019-20 funding round closed.

17 July 2019: 2019-20 first funding round projects announced - view funded projects lists.

Get Set for Work is one of seven programs that form part of the Queensland Government's Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative. Through a suite of targeted skills and training programs, Skilling Queenslanders for Work aims to improve the skills, employment opportunities and social inclusion of disadvantaged Queenslanders.

Program overview

Get Set for Work aims to provide young people aged 15-19 years with nationally recognised training, combined with integrated learning support measures and foundation skills, that will enable them to successfully transition to employment and/or further education and training.

In 2019–20, $8.75 million in funding will be available to community-based organisations throughout Queensland to help disadvantaged young people transition to the workforce, undertake further education or training, or return to school. Successful projects should be tailored to meet individual needs through a range of training-related activities.

Funded projects

For job seekers, the best way to find a current Skilling Queenslanders for Work project is by navigating a map.

To view projects recently announced under the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative, go to the funded project lists.

Who does the program support?

Get Set for Work primarily targets young Queensland residents aged 15-19 years who either:

  • are ineligible for Australian Government employment services or assistance
  • or
  • require complementary services because they have significant barriers to learning and employment
  • or
  • have accessed Australian Government services for more than six months and remain unemployed.

Priority will be given to young people who have already left school or are at risk of disengaging from school.

What does the program fund?

Get Set for Work is not a general education program. It maintains a clear focus on the attainment of nationally recognised qualifications in demand by local employers.

Get Set for Work has a project-based delivery model and funds local organisations to deliver customised training opportunities which include:

  • nationally recognised training to gain qualifications (including foundation skills) up to certificate III level and delivered in a community-based setting
  • integrated learner support, including career advice, job preparation skills and case management to accompany the delivery of training within a community-based setting.

Get Set for Work will fund the tailored support that must accompany the delivery of training and the student co-contribution fees. Training and assessment services under Get Set for Work are funded under the Certificate 3 Guarantee.

Who can apply for funding?

Community-based organisations with not-for-profit objectives can apply. The training and assessment services component of the funded project must be delivered by a registered training organisation that is a Queensland Government pre-qualified supplier (PQS).

More information is detailed in the Get Set for Work Guidelines for funding 2019–20 (PDF, 376 KB).

Funding levels and conditions

The funding available under Get Set for Work is for a maximum 12-month term.

The level of funding is dependent on the type of project and nature of the training and assistance to be provided, as well as the number of participants targeted by the project.

How to apply

Applications are accepted during 2 open funding rounds each year.

First and second rounds generally open February/March and August/September respectively.

To learn more about the application process and how to apply, go to the Skilling Queenslanders for Work applications page.

Program documents

Get Set for Work Guidelines for funding 2019–20 (PDF, 376 KB)

Get Set for Work 2019–20 fact sheet (PDF, 412 KB)

Sample Skilling Queenslanders for Work Services Agreement (PDF, 937 KB)

Contact information

For general enquiries about Skilling Queenslanders for Work, email or phone 1300 369 935.

Community-based organisations with specific enquiries about a Get Set for Work application should contact their local DESBT regional office or the Skilling Queenslanders for Work team at

Related information

Last updated 26 September 2019

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